• Janna Yvonne

Hella Coachella: A Fashionista's P.O.V.

I went to my first Coachella last weekend and all I can say is wow...or better yet, "DAMN." From the food to the desert parties, to the performances and the people--it was the most lit experience of my life. I probably used the word "lit" 50 times last weekend alone. Because Coachella is the Mecca of all music festivals, I figured the best way to give you a true embodiment of my experience would be to break it down by category. (For the impatient reader, you can skip to the sections you care most about) I'll also be giving you some amazing tips on how to survive Coachella just in case you ever decide to make that trip.

The Prep First things first...getting there. You definitely want to plan out Coachella months, and I mean MONTHS, in advance. Although there were so many people selling tickets at the last minute, I highly recommend getting your tickets as soon as the last Coachella has ended. This is when tickets will be the cheapest. If your biggest fear is the unknown line up, I can already tell you that for Coachella 2018, Beyoncé is headlining. I would like to say that The Drake might also be a headliner, but after his awful experience this year, who knows if he’ll ever be back to The Valley. If you end up purchasing a ticket but you aren’t thrilled about the line up, just sell your ticket. Stub Hub is your best friend, especially if you're debating on going last minute. People were DESPERATE! Twitter and Facebook might as well been the official Ticketmaster for Coachella. Scalpers were asking for people to sell their wristbands (your ticket) at the end of every night throughout the weekend.

The Fashion Alright, now that you've bought your ticket, let's talk about what you're going to wear. Below, you can find some of my favorite Coachella looks that I witnessed, as well as the three that I rocked that weekend. The fashion at this festival is unbelievable!! I feel like my choices were a success based on crowd reactions. One guy approached me and said, "Thank you for keeping Coachella alive," in response to my Day 2 outfit—a playsuit from PrettyLittleThing. The key to selecting your outfits for this event is to keep it original and keep it fashionable. You never want to have the same outfit as someone else and the chance of that happening is very rare (unless you don't give af). Keep in mind that you only have three days to put your best looks together. Accessories are a major key. One wrong accessory can make or break your outfit. Flower headbands were a no-go this year but chokers and big earrings were in style. There are so many directions to go with when creating a look at Coachella. The three most popular Coachella Babes are: Bohemian Chic, The Unicorn, and Sporty Spice. I've labeled which is which on each photo below. Additionally, festival make up is a major key. I chose looks that weren’t too extreme but still screamed, “I’m here for Coachella!” I didn’t want to look like a fairy, but more so a Unicorn. To my Coachella-Fellas, throwback jersey’s were an extremely popular go to. I would definitely recommend those as well as distressed/bleached cut off shorts and a pair of chucks that I wouldn’t mind getting dusty. Another fashionable alternative would be muscle tees or those distressed cotton t-shirts. If those are too "Urban Outfitters" for you, a bold floral print shirt or pants are a safe and fashion-forward alternative. Pair any of these items with a bandana headband and some aviators, and you’re good to go. Some fashion icons that would help guide your suitcase components would be A$AP Rocky, Cam Newton, and Bieber.

The Food

I really can’t put into words how amazing the food was at Coachella. Also, I am the greatest foodie that I know and it exceeded all of my expectations. Because the crowd that Coachella brings every year is so unbelievably diverse, they managed to have every type of food from every country, city, and suburb present. The main food items that I indulged in were: a giant corn dog, loaded garlic crab fries; jambalaya, bourbon chicken, and mac n cheese; a fruity pebbles churro sundae; Mediterranean salad plate with pita bread; and shrimp and chicken paella. I also have most of these delicious food finds pictured below. I will say, be prepared to pay a pretty penny for every item sold in Coachella. The average amount for a meal or plate of food was $16. Coachella feeds you well, but they are also making their money at the same time. The only free thing was water, so bring an empty water bottle to save your coins in this desert heat! I would also recommend taking ou